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Why did a campaign for women's suffrage develop in the years after 1870? For many decades before 1870 women had been struggling to gain the rights and freedom that men had in the 19th century. Women had a lower status in society and were seen as second class citizens because they were seen less important in the 19th century society in Britain. In this essay I will discuss the reasons why the campaign for women's suffrage progressed in the years after 1870 and I will explore the situation of women in the 19th century Britain and how this affected their lives. There were many obstacles women faced in Britain in the 19th century and could not do anything about, as legally they had no right. The position of British women was very clear in the 19th century; their role was to get married, have lots of children and become a housewife. There was nothing else they could do. Women could not support themselves financially, as society would not allow women to work because they were seen as weak and useless. The only job they had was to live up to an image of the 'perfect being - beautiful, demure, loving and intelligent.' ...read more.


Over the years there was very little but slow progress in the development for women's suffrage. Caroline had many allies amongst women and men. Her two main issues were about improving women's rights over divorce and property. However this took a very long slow progress, as politicians did not agree with what she had to say. The first successful law that was introduced was in 1857, the Matrimonial law causes Act allowed women to divorce their husband only if they could prove that he had caused cruelty, desertion or adultery. This law had another effect on divorced women, as they were seen as widows so they were given the right to their own property. Then in 1870, the Women's Property Act gave women the right to keep hold of their money and possessions after they married. After these two laws were introduced, more new laws came quickly. For example in 1878 a woman who was separated from her husband had the right legally to claim support for her and her children, but that was only if her husband was cruel to her. Caroline's main achievements in terms of marriage and divorce were that she had successfully been able to make changes to the law giving women the right to be able to keep hold of their property after marriage. ...read more.


However there were many political and social reasons, which opposed the ideas of the women's suffrage campaign. Firstly the government thought that women didn't have any idea about government or politics so they shouldn't have the vote. Whilst many people believed that women are too sensitive to make tough decisions and also men didn't want women to have the same power as them anyway. What's more some women thought that the present position given to them was enough, while other people believed that giving women their rights would make them neglect their family and the house. To conclude this essay after discussing the reasons why the suffrage campaign developed in the years after 1870, I would say that there were a number of political, economic and social reasons which opposed the suffrage campaign. While also it took time to motivate women to join the campaign as many women didn't support them. But over time women realised that the only way they could gain their rights was to join the campaign. This made them more aware of the importance of the vote and attracted more women to join the campaign, as they wanted more rights and freedom for women. Also women wanted to join the suffrage campaign because many women wanted to be financially independent so that they were able to support and provide for themselves and their children. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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